On Leaving Behind a Trail of Sprinkles...

Quick question for you today, My Dear...

What do you spend most of your days doing, exactly?

Are you a baker?  A plumber?  A radio host?  A ballerina?  A frozen-yogurt taste-taster?  

(If you said yes to that last one, I would like to hereby invite you to be my very. best. friend. Seriously... When’s our next date?)


The concept of making an impact has been on my mind a lot lately, and after recently hearing from a handful of friends about the ways that they try to bless others, I've seen a recurring theme start to emerge… Maybe you can relate?  

There is a silver-handled struggle around how to swirl our vocation and our purpose together, and it seems to be especially sticky for folks who feel like their day job might be less than meaningful.  

(Yet, it's quite obvious that your meaning blows the roof off of this ice cream stand, Darling.)

I used to assume that the two ingredients should be kept separate in order to stand out on their own, but I'm delighted to find that they’re even more delicious when liberally mixed together like your favorite combination of artfully layered flavors. 

*Insert tummy-rumble here.*

Adopting this blended mindset has completely shifted the way that I approach my career, and it started simply with the smallest tweaks to the details of each work-day...

The customer service rep on the phone at Apple?  Believe that she genuinely wants to help you, and tell her that even the sound of her smile through the phone line is beginning to brighten up your darkened screen.

The barista who makes your latte each day?  He’ll happily add an extra flourish to the foam, and your words of praise will crowd out the complaints from crummy customers about his overly-careful (but delicious!) cappuccinos.

The needy client stressing about a deadline?  Patiently holding her hand through a new process teaches her to trust your efforts, and she’ll be grateful for your kindness that provides a bright spot between her boss’s rants during a busy week.

Instead of constantly trying to think bigger, move farther, and achieve more in my businesses, I’m working toward the following approach:  

Sprinkle even the simplest day-to-day interactions with extra helpings of goodness, and watching the delight trickle in at every turn.

I've seen how the effects of weaving my purpose in to my career path can impact more people than I would have thought, and I’m excited to keep mixing up creative combinations that one might never expect!

Now take a minute to tell me:  Do you make a conscious effort to pair your purpose with your paying job?  Does the pull of impactful work outside the office or home keep you craving the connections that come from serving your community?

Sincerely hoping your week has felt both short and sweet, and that this weekend you’ll indulge yourself in an impeccably icy treat. ;)

XOXO - Jessie Pepper

Ps. - My friend Jess writes a lot of (very well-strung) words about this week’s topic, and I love her take on whipping up JUST the right mixture with something she calls a purpose equation.  Check it out for a little extra reading, and be sure to let me know what you think!

On Baby-stepping to our Big Dreams...

I’ve always had a whirlwind wild-woman for an imagination, and just because she crept her way through plenty of childhood bedtimes (while I tucked up tightly under the covers!), doesn’t mean I don’t have to deal with her antics now that I'm an adult.   

These days, she does a lots less scaring and a lot more scheming + dreaming, and while a never-ending supply of "creative juice” can certainly be a blessing at times, I often find myself struggling with how to reign that in for the more conventional moments in my adult(ish) life.

Por ejemplo…

You tell me that it’s time to make dinner?  

Five courses... Coming right up!  And please nibble on the healthy hor d’oeuvres while I set the table with these hand-calligraphied place cards.  Only the best for you, Fancy Pants!

Someone has a simple business question?  

Allow me to create an A-to-Z strategy that will help launch that social media & marketing plan to the next level.  Excitedly giving insights on profit + productivity + the perfect path to success.Don't mind if I do!  ;)

Mother’s Day card?  

Homemade.  (DUH.)  Custom rubber stamps, pressed flowers, scented paper, tiny confetti hearts falling out of the envelope… Can I hand-deliver it myself as a singing telegram?

---

When it comes to the BIG dreams that I have for Pepperologie - I’ve lately been feeling a bit paralyzed by the plans that pour out of this enthusiastic heart of mine.  

With a website re-launch in the works, rumblings of bigger and brighter brunches down the road, plus a few excited whispers of a getaway in 2015 (shhh!)… I can’t help but wonder if someday stretching past a weekly love note will ever become a more realistic part of my reveries.  

(If I could send each one of these with their own balloon and a bouquet of tulips, I think I’d feel better.)

I was digging through my journal to find something special for a friend yesterday, and I stumbled across a scribbled note that stopped me in my tracks... 

As I digested the meaning of that approach along with my afternoon chunk of dark chocolate, I decided that the only trouble with having big dreams is that they don’t always (or hardly ever!) get played out exactly as they appear in your head.  

I’m learning to embrace the fact that being intentional + focused + faithful with our efforts can tiptoe us in the right direction, and even the smallest steps forward have the power to move us closer to greatness than we've ever been before.  

Not all dreams are drastic moves… Consistent baby steps can be just as important as big leaps of faith.
— Kendi Skeen

Miss Everyday’s encouragement reminded me that the baby steps usually come before the confetti explosions, and while your dreams can still be a major part of the picture — it’s the act of trusting the process that can become the most scintillating part of our stories yet to come.

Wishing you a day bursting with big dreams & a soul ready for baby steps...

XOXO - Jessie Pepper